When Is It Time To Have Your Home's Wiring Upgraded?

That home you bought new will always seem like a wonderful new place to you, but if you actually bought that home decades ago, it could be considered out of date in several ways. Even if the style is timeless, the wiring, plumbing, roof, windows, and other systems are likely no longer state of the art if you haven't had them replaced. This can be particularly distressing in terms of wiring because society is now so wired up. For all the wireless devices in use, those still need to be charged, and plenty of others still need to be plugged in. It could very well be time to have your home's electrical wiring upgraded and a new panel installed.

You're Still Using Fuses

If you're still using fuses, which are small devices that you need to replace when they burn out, you really need to upgrade to a circuit breaker panel. Fuses are an old system that worked well when they were introduced but are inadequate for today's electrical needs and loads. Plus, who wants to blunder about along the side of the house, looking for the fuse box at two in the morning?

If you currently have an older circuit breaker panel, have a residential electrician evaluate the wiring and box setup to see if installing a new panel would be a good idea. You need more power, and a new panel and new wiring will increase available amps to your home.

Surge Suppressors Keep Burning out Even When Nothing's Plugged In

Do you use surge protectors for your computer equipment and other devices? Do the surge suppressors in your home seem to have oddly short life spans even when you're not plugging anything into the surge suppressors? Your home's wiring may be experiencing damaging power surges, and that calls for immediate attention and repair or upgrading. Installing a new panel may be one of the best things you can do for your home at this point.

You Just Don't Have Enough Outlets

You could install more wiring and more outlets, but if your electrical panel is already old, you might not have the power to divert to those new outlets. Face it – if you install new outlets, you'll eventually try to plug in more things, and all of those could overload the available circuit. You could ask about installing a second panel to handle new circuits added to portions of your home.

Contact a residential electrician to discuss installing a new panel, sub-panel, or wiring. You'll make your home safer and better able to produce the power that you need.

For more information on why to install another panel, contact panel installation services near you.